continued on to run cross country and track at the collegiate level at MSU-Mankato. After graduation, I
slowly started running longer and longer distances until I ran my first marathon in 2005. I also
participated in triathlons. After my first marathon, I was hooked! I had no idea what kind of time I
could run, I did not train properly, and I ended up losing my toenails because I wasn’t in the right shoes
for that long of a race. I decided after running 4:05 in that first marathon that I could and would qualify
for Boston someday. Fast forward to my 4th marathon, after two non-BQ marathons at 3:49 and 3:54, I
ran Grandma’s Marathon in June 2009. I trained better and ran smarter. The weather almost killed me
towards the end of the race (in the 80’s), but I pulled through at 3:36 to BQ for the first time. Off to
Boston I went in 2010, and subsequently 2011 and 2012.
I decided to take some time off from marathoning for my husband and me to try to start a family. In
October 2013, we were blessed with the news that we were expecting a baby, due to arrive in the
summer of 2014. The first trimester was easy and I was able to run lightly and I even did a few 5Ks.
Shortly after entering the second trimester I ran into some issues and was no longer able to run. I tried
to walk as much as I could, but as the pregnancy progressed, I gained more and more fluid weight,
making even walking difficult. Baby ended up being very big as well (9lb10oz).
Landen was born in June 2014, healthy and happy. I had to have an emergency c-section a few weeks
before his due date. C-section meant 6 weeks until I could get the green light to run again. 5 weeks and
6 days after his birth, I laced up and hit the pavement – I just couldn’t wait any longer! I started slowly
with low mileage and it was a real struggle to get back into shape. It took months of running 6 days a
week with 40+ miles a week and I still was not running anywhere near where I ran pre-pregnancy. In
late November I decided I needed to take a little time off and try again later.
I started running again in January, very easy miles on the treadmill, gradually increasing my mileage and
paces. I decided to run the Get Lucky 7K in March and surprised myself with a 29:47 finish time. My
confidence boosted, I decided to sign up for Goldy’s 10 mile Run in April. I felt like things were finally
turning around. I just didn’t realized how long it would take! Going into Goldy’s I felt good, and I told
myself that if I ran under 1:10 I would get in contact with Coach Ron (who I knew from a friend) so that I
could seriously train for a few more races, including TCM, before baby #2. Goldy’s went very well (other
than the hill in mile 9) and I finished in 1:08. I emailed Coach Ron that following Monday.
Since then I have been working with Coach Ron, and I honestly feel like I am in the best running shape I
have been in since high school. My training has helped me PR a few times this summer while training
for TCM; in June I ran 1:28 at Grandma’s in the half and recently 1:07 at Bear Water in the 10 mile.
Some of the workouts have been tough; sometimes my legs feel dead. The workouts and long-runs with
the team have been helpful and so much fun. I am trusting in the process and in the training that all of
this hard work will pay off at TCM!
I never thought I’d be where I am running-wise going into TCM. After last Fall I thought that my days of
running fast and PR-ing were over. Training with Coach Ron has been just what I needed. I’ve gotten
faster, my confidence has increased, and I’ve made new friends. CANNOT WAIT FOR RACE DAY!!!